By David Klassen
A pair of art collectors are being honoured by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in an exhibit until December 7.
“Bringing Shadow to Light: Gifts from a Manitoban Collection” is a tribute to Robert and Margaret Hucal.
Since 1990, these Manitoba art collectors have quietly gifted almost 350 works of mostly Canadian historical painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and drawings to the WAG.
“The Hucals have donated uncharacteristic works by nationally significant artists like William Kurelek, Bertram Brooker, and Fritz Brandtner, providing the WAG with the means to deepen scholarly and public appreciation of these artists,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO. “The Hucal collection not only reflects personal taste and commitment but, perhaps above all, offers moving personal reflections about the world in which the works on display were created.
Examples of the donations are on display as part of the exhibit, including Winnipeg artists of the early twentieth century, such as Alexander Musgrove, Alison Newton, and Caven Atkins.